9 days in Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

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9 days in Washington DC, Philadelphia & New York City Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  23​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 1 day
2
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
3
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Hanoi

1
day
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Park, and then trek along Jackson River.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Washington DC route website .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Washington DC is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight, bus, and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Washington DC is minus 12 hours. In January, daytime highs in Washington DC are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Jackson River
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Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

3
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Society Hill. Step out of the city life by going to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Kelly Drive. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, hike along Schuylkill River Trail, head outdoors with Valley to Summit, and grab your bike and head to Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Washington DC to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Palmyra Cove Nature Park, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
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Palmyra Cove Nature Park ©
Palmyra Cove Nature Park
Society Hill ©
Society Hill

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nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. Visiting Bronx Zoo and East River Waterfront Esplanade will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Times Square, meet the residents at Central Park Zoo, make a trip to Hamilton Grange National Memorial, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hallett Nature Sanctuary.

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Take a bus from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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